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Blow moulding machinery maker Bekum Maschinenfabriken has announced it received court approval for the reorganisation plan it proposed in September. 24 April 2015
Sidel Group and Blow Mold Services have reached an agreement in Sidel’s patent infringement lawsuit against BMS involving the spindle chain on a blow moulding machine. Both sides are putting their own spin on the spindle story. 21 April 2015
Milacron plans to consolidate manufacturing of Uniloy blow molding equipment in Europe into its new facility in the Czech Republic city of Policka. Milacron announced 8 April that it started consultations with local unions in Italy about cutting about 27 jobs at its plant in Magenta, Italy. 20 April 2015
Five months after it bought the injection-stretch-blow moulding (ISBM) equipment business of Automa SpA, Sipa SpA is showing how the acquisition has strengthened its position in the market for equipment that produces specialty containers. 2 April 2015
After 80 years in business, Kautex Maschinenbau officials know good old-fashioned word of mouth is often the best way to reach more customers. 26 March 2015
The Italian plastics and rubber machinery industry saw improvement in 2014, according to trade association Assocomaplast, which released annual figures in a statement headed “The sector is healthy: signs all positive in 2014”. The value of production for Italian plastics and rubber machinery, equipment and moulds improved by 2.6% from €3.90bn in 2013 to €4.00bn in 2014, according to estimates based on information from the group’s member companies. One-third of member companies are optimistic about 2015. 23 March 2015
Resilux, the Belgium-based producer of preforms and bottles, has reported a 1.6% increase in sold volumes in 2014. However, the group’s turnover decreased by 4.6% to €282.3m, which it said was the result of lower average prices for raw material. Resilux said it passes on fluctuations in raw material prices to its customers. 20 March 2015
Packaging giant RPC Group has continued its investment and growth in the PET sector through the acquisition of Etten-Leur, the Netherlands-based PET Power BV. The purchase brings together two of the principal players in the European packaging market. 17 February 2015
A Russian flexible packaging, sheet and decorative finished materials producer has diversified into plastic bottle production. 10 February 2015
R&D/Leverage, a mould maker and brand development firm, has formed a partnership with Hughes Design Group, a US-based visual branding and packaging design firm. 20 January 2015
Italian blow moulding machinery maker Plastiblow is launching North American sales. 8 December 2014
Sipa has acquired the injection-stretch-blow moulding (ISBM) equipment business of Automa. No transaction price was disclosed in the announcement by Sipa which, like Automa, is based in Italy. Sipa already makes ISBM machines for producing PET containers, but the addition of the Automa technology expands its capabilities. 28 November 2014
Macchi, the Italian maker of blown film lines, generated sales of about €41m in 2013, with just 110 employees. 6 November 2014
Bekum Maschinenfabriken, the maker of blow moulding machines founded in Berlin in 1959, is moving its Berlin production to its other plant, in Traismauer, Austria. 14 October 2014
Italian plastics packaging blow moulder Serioplast is continuing to expand across Europe and beyond with its latest plant due to go on stream in Russia late this year. 30 September 2014


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